We are pleased to announce that our Chinese New Year Concert will be moving to an exciting new venue to be announced in early December. Existing ticket holders will be contacted with instructions; stay tuned for ticket sales to resume soon! To receive a presale opportunity before the final tickets go on sale, please sign up to our waitlist.


Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Benjamin Northey conductor
Angela Li piano
Christian Li violin
Yang Ying pipa


Beethoven The Creatures of Prometheus: Overture
Vivaldi The Four Seasons: Spring
Xiaogang Ye The Faint Gingkgo
Zuqiang Wu Moonlit Night on Spring River
Chopin Grande Polonaise Brillante
Zhou Tian A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

About the performance

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the MSO and some of Melbourne’s finest Chinese-Australian musical talent.

Now in its eighth year, the MSO’s Chinese New Year is one of Melbourne’s premier cultural events. Violin prodigy Christian Li, who in 2020 became the youngest-ever artist signed by the Decca Classics record label, joins the MSO and Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey to perform Spring from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

  • Following her recital with Artistic Ambassador Lu Siqing in 2019, accomplished Chinese-Australian pianist Angela Li appears alongside Melbourne-based professional Pipa player Yang Ying. Before moving to Australia, Ying performed with the China National Traditional Orchestra to great acclaim across Asia and Europe.
  • Beethoven was criticised in 1801 for his ballet music “paying little regard to the dancing” – but as we now know, the young composer was destined to be much more than a ballet master. His only full-length ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus includes musical ideas he would build on in the famed Eroica Symphony, which would premiere two years later.
  • A unique blend of music from both eastern and western masters, this program also includes works by Chopin and China’s leading 20th century and contemporary composers, Xiogang Ye, Zuqiang Wu and Grammy-nominated Zhou Tian.

The MSO’s annual Chinese New Year concert is supported by the Li Family Trust.

Program and artists subject to change.

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